Everything We Felt In The First Pandemic Year, In Photos

Truly an emotional marathon.

It is truly impossible to sum up the array of experiences brought on by the coronavirus pandemic over the past year. Over half a million people have died in this country. Countless more are still recovering. Millions lost jobs. As cases swept across the nation, scenes that seemed incredible at the beginning of the pandemic — empty streets, long lines, goodbyes over FaceTime, morgue trucks — became commonplace in the United States. Other things that seemed utterly ordinary last February, like attending a sports game or showing your face in public, are still relatively rare.

Even for those lucky enough to be somewhat less affected, the year was still hard, as families juggled remote work and homeschool and individuals navigated long-term isolation. The pandemic has profoundly impacted our society, highlighting our inequalities along racial and class lines and offering up opportunities to do better. It remains to be seen what changes will become permanent, but with vaccine distribution ramping up in many places, it feels like there is a light at the end of what has been a very long year. Here's a look at how far we've come since last March.

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A Yonkers firefighter wearing personal protective equipment speaks into a radio, after responding to a medical call in an apartment on April 6, 2020, in Yonkers, New York.

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Undocumented immigrant Juana, from El Salvador, and her husband, Saul, from Honduras, watch local news in their one-room apartment on March 25, 2020, in Norwalk, Connecticut. Juana lost her job as a house cleaner and Saul as a painter due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci speaks to the press outside the White House on March 12, 2020, in Washington, DC.

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View of an almost empty Time Square on April 3, 2020, in New York.

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Shelves normally stocked with hand wipes, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper sit empty at a Target store as people stockpile supplies due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) March 13, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia.

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Judie Shape (center), who has tested positive for the coronavirus, blows a kiss to her son-in-law, Michael Spencer, as Shape's daughter, Lori Spencer, looks on, March 11, 2020, as they visit on the phone and look at each other through a window at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, near Seattle.

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Kervins Bruno creates a label for an N95 mask at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on April 13, 2020. Hospital staff wrote their names on their old masks so each can be returned to their original user after being decontaminated.

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Paramedic Patricia Rodriguez fills out reports on a laptop after her 12-hour shift on April 6, 2020, in Yonkers, New York.

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An aerial view shows bodies being buried on New York's Hart Island, where the department of corrections is dealing with more burials overall amid the COVID-19 outbreak in New York City, April 9, 2020.

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A healthcare worker sits on a bench near Central Park in the Manhattan borough of New York City, March 30, 2020.

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New Yorkers left flowers for the people who lost their lives in the COVID-19 pandemic next to container morgues by the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City, on April 21, 2020.

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Farm laborers maintain a safe distance as a machine is moved on April 27, 2020, in Greenfield, California.

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Volunteers for nonprofit organization Martha's Table load bags of fresh produce to distribute to people in underserved communities during the coronavirus outbreak, April 1, 2020, in Washington, DC.

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A banner protesting evictions, reading "no job, no rent," is displayed on a rent-controlled building in Washington, DC, on Aug. 9, 2020.

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An aerial view shows squares painted on the ground to encourage people experiencing homelessness to keep to social distancing at a city-sanctioned homeless encampment across from City Hall in San Francisco on May 22, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Peet Sapsin leads a class at Inspire South Bay Fitness with students in their workout pods while observing social distancing on June 15, 2020, in Redondo Beach, California, as the gym reopens today under California's coronavirus Phase 3 reopening guidelines.

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Enrique Hernandez of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two-run home run off on MLB Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on July 23, 2020, in Los Angeles. The 2020 season had been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A student picks up his diploma during a graduation ceremony at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School on May 6, 2020, in Bradley, Illinois. Because of social distancing mandates instituted by the state to curtail the spread of COVID-19, graduates received their diplomas in a nearly empty auditorium with no friends, family, or relatives allowed to attend.

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Olivia Grant hugs her grandmother, Mary Grace Sileo, through a plastic drop cloth hung up on a homemade clothesline during Memorial Day Weekend on May 24, 2020, in Wantagh, New York.

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A casket carrying the body of Lola M. Simmons is placed into a hearse following the funeral service in Dallas on July 30, 2020. Lola M. Simmons-Jones died due to the coronavirus on July 15; her daughter Lashaye Antoinette Allen died from the coronavirus on July 20.

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A family takes part in shiva, a traditional Jewish time of mourning for the dead. Friends and family gather, remotely on Zoom, to mourn for an older relative who died of heart failure, April 11, 2020, in New Canaan, Connecticut.

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A sign warning people about COVID-19 is surrounded by flames during the Hennessey fire near Lake Berryessa in Napa, California, on Aug. 18, 2020.

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A person wearing a protective face mask walks by a "going out of business" sign displayed outside a retail store on Sept. 8, 2020, in New York City.

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Lydia Hassebroek attends her first day at I.S. 318 remotely at her home in Brooklyn, Sept. 21, 2020.

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People dine in plastic tents for social distancing at a restaurant in Manhattan on Oct. 15, 2020, in New York City, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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A member of the White House cleaning staff sprays the press briefing room the evening of then-president Donald Trump's return from Walter Reed Medical Center after contracting (COVID-19, in Washington, Oct. 5, 2020.

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Voters wait in a long line to cast their ballots in Oklahoma City, Nov. 3, 2020.

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An overhead view shows a field hospital set up at the state fairground as COVID-19 cases spike in the state near Milwaukee, Oct. 12, 2020.

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Chaplain Kevin Deegan prays for COVID-19 patient Pedro Basulto while on a video call with the patient's daughter, Grace, at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles, Nov. 19, 2020. "These video calls have been a lifeline for families," said Deegan. "It can be emotionally exhausting and very draining, but it also an honor to be a bridge for the family."

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Lila Blanks leans on the casket of her husband, Gregory Blanks, 50, who died of COVID-19, ahead of his funeral in San Felipe, Texas, Jan. 26, 2021.

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A medical staff member takes a short nap in nursing station in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center on Dec. 14, 2020, in Houston.

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Nurse Sandra Lindsay receives the second dose of a Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, on Jan. 4, 2021, in New York City.

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Anja Jones walks with her 16-month-old son, Elliot, among thousands of white flags on Nov. 30, 2020, at the "IN AMERICA How Could This Happen...," an outdoor public art installation in Washington, DC. Led by artist Suzanne Firstenberg, volunteers planted white flags in a field as a reminder of each person who died of COVID-19 in the US. The art installation finished on Nov. 30 and the last count on the display was 276,080 flags.